A Single Unmatched Stone

A single unmatched stone

Author: Thomas H. Troeger
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 A single unmatched stone
the boilers hurled aside
holds up the church alone -
its cornerstone and pride.
The symmetry the builders planned
was altered by another's hand.

2 A single faithful act
that healed a man once lame
the temple priests attacked
for bearing Jesus' name.
The righteous heart, the rigid mind
to God's new work were deaf and blind.

3 A single deed or word
of truth or peace or grace
not seen before or heard
is difficult to face.
Help us, O God, by faith to see
what seems a threat may set us free.

Source: Singing the New Testament #120

Author: Thomas H. Troeger

Thomas Troeger (b. 1945), professor of Christian communication at Yale Divinity school, is a well known preacher, poet, and musician. He is a fellow of Silliman College, holds a B.A. from Yale University; B.D. Colgate Rochester Divinity School; S.T. D. Dickinson College, and was awarded an honorary D.D. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1970 and the Episcopal Church in 1999, and remains dually aligned with both traditions. Troerger has led conferences and lectures in worship and preaching throughout North America, as well as in Denmark, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Africa. He served as national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists, and for the last three years he has hosted the Season… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A single unmatched stone
Title: A Single Unmatched Stone
Author: Thomas H. Troeger
Language: English
Copyright: © 1985 Oxford Universtiy Press, Inc.




James Vernon Lee (b. Hove, Sussex, England, 1892; d. Southampton, England, 1959) originally composed EASTVIEW for the text "Rejoice, the Lord Is King" for his mother's eightieth birthday. Lee was an officer in the Brighton Battalion of the Boys' Brigade from 1910 to 1914. After service in the Britis…

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Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Singing the New Testament #120

Worship (3rd ed.) #574

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